Raising a Child in Malaysia: The Cost Breakdown

Expecting a little bundle of joy to join the ranks of the family soon? Congratulations and welcome to the world of parenthood! Being a new parent is all about exploring and learning about new boundaries. Most lessons about being new parents start with the preparation process for the little one to arrive. If you and your partner are feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of things needed to be purchased for the child, then perhaps this cost breakdown might be helpful to budget your potential childcare expenses.

1. Hospital Visits

C:\Users\Reginald Chan\Desktop\Visiting Hospitals.jpg

Your prenatal checkups are important as you will be getting medical advice and supplements to help the growth of the baby. If you opt to visit a government hospital or clinic for your prenatal check-ups, then there should no cost attached to your visits. Even the supplements provided by the government based medical centres are free-of-charge. The cost for prenatal checkups are entirely different if you choose to visit a private hospital or clinic. On average, one consultation with a doctor without medication can be priced to RM300 or more. 

If medication or supplement are included your one visit could cost up to RM500, depending on what is prescribed. There are pros and cons attached to visiting a government and privately owned medical establishment. The obvious con of using a government hospital is that the wait time to see the doctor can be exceptionally long while you can get much faster service in a private hospital.

2. Feeding The Baby

By your sixth month of pregnancy, you will need to make the decision on whether you want to breastfeed the child or purchase baby formulas to feed the baby. Government hospitals are now advocating mothers to breastfeed babies due to health reasons, but you should also consider the prices attached to baby formulas that are available in the current market. A tin of 1kg baby formula can cost up to RM110, and this also depends on the brand you choose. A newborn baby requires a minimum of 12 feedings a day so you will need to start budgeting your expenses months before the baby arrives, should you choose not to breastfeed.

3. Diapers Galore

Newborn babies can easily go through 10 disposable diapers a day, and a pack of 78 diapers cost around RM55 (the price varies depending on the brand). This would mean you would need to purchase at least four packs of diapers a month to manage the baby’s needs. 

If you opt to use non-disposable diapers, then the cost will be lower, but you should take into consideration that your laundry pile will increase and you might need to invest in child-friendly detergent.

4. Cute Clothes

Baby clothes are not cheap, the cuter they are, the higher the price tag! At a bare minimum, you would need a few full-sleeved rompers, mittens, socks, head coverings, bibs and short-sleeved rompers. A full set of baby clothes can easily cost up to RM100 brand new, and you would need more than a few of these baby clothes as your child will need constant changing. Try to let family members help with the purchasing of some clothes, get the hand-me-downs from relatives and look-out for secondhand baby clothes from websites like Carousell. This can help you can save a ton of cash, and you can use the spare money for other needs.

5. Important Knick-Knacks

Clothes are not the only thing a child would need; there are little knick-knacks like baby towels, blankets, mattress, crib, pillows, bedsheets, face towels and toiletries that would be required to keep the baby comfortable and make your life easier too. The new mum would also need post-natal products like breast pads, nursing gowns and a breast pump to cope with personal care and the baby’s needs too. All these can easily cost more than RM2,000, and the best way to tackle these knick-knack expenses is to hunt for baby expo’s, online deals and in-store promotions.

6. Delivering The Baby

The cost of delivering the baby solely depends on where you choose to have it done – whether it’s a private or government hospital. A private hospital delivery can cost up to an average of RM10,000 (normal delivery) and RM15,000 (Caesarean). The cost of delivering a baby in a government hospital can set you back RM200 at most for a normal delivery and RM1,000 for a Caesarean section procedure).

Ultimately, it depends on your affordability, and it is best to do some research on the total cost and facilities you might need before making a decision.

7. The Confinement Period

C:\Users\Reginald Chan\Desktop\New Born Baby.jpg

The confinement duration of mother and child of 40 days is usually observed in Asian culture and if you are not having your confinement done in a family member’s house, then be prepared to fork out on average RM2,000 a month for confinement services. Confinement services generally include someone to cook special dishes for the new mother, cleaning the house and postnatal massages.

8. Preschool and Beyond

The cost of having a child exponentially grows as the child gets older. Preschool is not priced the same as when we were attending it. A semester can easily cost up to RM3,000, depending on the school you choose for your child. After preschool, the expenses attached to sending the child to primary and secondary schools are much higher considering costs for uniforms, books, reference books, stationery, tuition, sports equipment and much more. As a parent, you will need to be mentally and financially prepared to deal with the expenses of your child as time goes by. And with proper planning and financial savviness you can fulfil your parental responsibilities with success.

Find this article useful? Pass it on!